Revenue and District In-charge Minister was speaking after inaugurating International Women’s Day celebration organised by District Administration and various govt departments in the city yesterday.
Although a civilized society across the globe celebrates International Women’s Day aiming to empower women by observing awareness programmes and a series of women’s rights-oriented speeches, the female community cannot be empowered until and unless every individual changes their mindset to ensure equal status for women on par with men, noted Revenue Minister V Srinivas Prasad here on Tuesday.
He was speaking after inaugurating International Women’s Day celebration jointly organised by District Administration, Zilla Panchayat, Department of Women and Child Welfare, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, Nirmithi Centre, Syndicate Bank, Department of Commerce and Industry, V LEAD, and few NGOs at MMC auditorium.
Special medical unit for harassment victims
To mark the International Women’s Day, the District In-charge Minister V Srinivas Prasad inaugurated a renovated medical unit for women at Cheluvamba Hospital. The renovated unit was constructed at a cost of Rs 7.25 lakh, sponsored by Syndicate Bank. The new unit comprises a consultation centre and treatment centre, where sexually assaulted women and harassment victims will be diagnosed. The special unit also has a legal consultation centre where the victim can approach authorities for justice.
Airing his concern, he said: “We the people of India worship women as goddesses, address our nation as motherland and name our rivers after women. In reality, the society considers women as second class citizens and below. Because of such tendency, assaults against women, female foeticides, rapes, dowry harassments, honour killings and cruel treatment towards women drastically increasing day by day.” He urged women to fight for their rights.
“Though our Constitution provides reservation for women on account of ensuring equality in urban local bodies and Panchayath Raj system, still women representation is seen lagging behind when it comes to mainstream. Education is the only medium which can empower women,” he stated.
MLA Vasu, Mayor B L Bhyrappa, MUDA President K R Mohan Kumar, Mysore Medical College Dean Prof D Krishnamurthy, Department of Commerce and Industry Joint Director Ramakrishnegowda, Dr Sridevi was present.